Posts in category "Oaklawn Park"

2016 Southwest Stakes Preview

President’s Day often means a day off school for the kids and a great sale on a mattress.  As it’s a Monday, it’s often taken as part of a three-day weekend.  Picks & Ponderings tackled the racing at the start of the weekend with Paul Mazur looking at the G3 El Camino Real Derby from... Read more »

2016 Martha Washington Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card at Oaklawn features the second stakes of the season for three-year-old fillies: the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes.  Opening day featured the six-furlong Dixie Belle, but the Martha Washington’s one-mile distance begins to bring out those fillies who may be able to stretch out for later preps, or even the nine-furlong Oaks itself. In... Read more »

2016 Smarty Jones Stakes Preview

The winter and spring meet at Oaklawn Park got underway on Friday.  Their road to the Kentucky Derby starts on Monday, with the Smarty Jones Stakes. The Smarty Jones is a one-mile dirt race, the first in a series of Kentucky Derby preps over the Hot Springs oval.  The series continues with the Southwest Stakes... Read more »

2015 Arkansas Derby and Oaklawn Handicap Preview

This weekend, the Oaklawn Park meet draws to a close.  The Racing Festival of the South comprises nine stakes through the final week of the season, and the final day includes a pair of graded stakes.  Both races are nine-furlong dirt tests: the Arkansas Derby (GI) for the sophomore set, as well as the Oaklawn... Read more »

2015 Fantasy Stakes Preview

The second weekend of do-or-die prep races for the three-year-old set gets underway this weekend.  Most tracks pair their biggest Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks preps on the same weekend, but Oaklawn runs things a little differently.  The Arkansas Derby (GI) does not take place until next weekend, but the Fantasy Stakes (GIII) anchors the... Read more »

2015 Rebel Stakes Day Preview

Picks & Ponderings last week visited Arkansas for one race, the Grade Three Honeybee Stakes for fillies bound for the Kentucky Oaks that could reappear at the start of April in the G3 Fantasy Stakes, part of Oaklawn’s Racing Festival of the South. This week, Picks & Ponderings sticks with Oaklawn Park again for three... Read more »

2015 Honeybee Stakes Preview

The calendar switches to March, and Picks & Ponderings switches into high gear this week.  This week the team goes coast-to-coast for its racing coverage.  Nicolle offers up coverage of the Tampa Bay Derby while Paul dives into the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.  Additionally, the pair attack Santa Anita’s “Big Cap” Day, headlined by the... Read more »

2015 Southwest Stakes Preview

Originally, the Southwest Stakes had been scheduled for Presidents’ Day, but cold weather got in the way.  Oaklawn cancelled the card on Monday, and moved the Southwest Stakes to the weekend.  Race day was contingent on whether horses could train Tuesday; with Tuesday’s cancellation, the race was carded for Sunday.  This causes the odd occurrence... Read more »

2015 Martha Washington Stakes Preview

The Arkansas section of the Kentucky Oaks trail begins on Saturday with the Martha Washington Stakes.  This year’s edition offers a $100,000 purse, as well as Road to the Kentucky Oaks points (10-4-2-1) for the top four finishers.  The race has been a fixture at Oaklawn Park since 1979.  Originally run at six furlongs, the... Read more »

Racing Dudes Challenge 2

Two weeks ago, Racing Dudes offered on its Twitter feed a novel idea for weekends on its site.  They crafted a Sunday challenge with ten races from around the county, and using $2 faux win/place wagers to keep score, planned to put their picks out on public display, with take-on-all-comers policy of opponent selection. I... Read more »